Updated: Jul 29
Christmas is coming and I want a Kangaroo! Sounds crazy, right? OK, I really don’t want a Kangaroo but this is the time of year to remind well intended parents to be realistic when it comes to adopting or buying pets as presents. I worked with an exotic bird rescue group in Florida for a short time and this is the time of year that for some reason exotic ‘anything’ is on the minds of so many! As a matter of fact, many rescue groups won’t allow adoptions during the holidays because January is the number one month for returns! I just can’t wrap my head around that one. Returning a pet? Who does that?
While buying, adopting or even rescuing a wild animal might seem innocent enough, you could find yourself caught in the middle of what you see as compassionate and caring vs what others see as cruel. Not to mention the exorbitant costs.
Wild animals, no matter how tame they may seem, have the ‘inner’ wild in them for a life-time. Remember Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy, the Vegas Magicians? According to a 2019 USA Today article, “...Horn was spending too little time with the tigers before shows, eroding the bond between animal and performer.” It’s a lesson for us all, to respect, admire and love the wild, while standing back to let them be what they are. Wild.
According to this 2016 News 6 report, “More than 260 exotic snakes, monkeys, lions, tigers, bears and other captive animals have escaped in Florida over the past decade.” They go on to say that the majority of them aren’t from zoos but from homes across Florida!
There are now 1000+ monkeys running around Florida, according to Healthline, "descended from three males and three females released together in the late 1930s." The article went on to warn the public as the monkeys are, "...known to carry herpes B."
Since monkeys are not native to Florida, the population should be zero but low and behold another colony in South Florida exists stemming from an escape in 1948 at the Dania Chimpanzee Farm. So today, literally thousands of monkeys roam from 3 escapes here, 2 escapes there all starting 80 years ago.
The good news is that there are all kinds of articles out there about how to go about picking the right pet! Take some time, starting well in advance of when
you’ll be bringing in the new family
member home. Yes, I do call them family. Don't you?
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